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benedict steps down two weeks from thursday and the cardinals in the catholic church will then gather possibly as early as march 1 to begin the process of selecting his successor. bruce johnson reports, there will be campaigning for the top job in the church. >>> st. matthew's cathedral in downtown washington today, some catholics had definite ideas about what they wanted from the next pope. >> you know, change with the times. moving with the times. not to remain too conservative. >> and not to allow these liberal thoughts of people of today. >> the vatican disclosed today that pope benedict had been fit for a pacemaker a decade ago, but added the procedure had not influenced his decision to become the first pope in nearly 600 years. the last pope to resign from office was gregory. that was back in 1415. it had nothing to do with his health and everything to do with the fact that there were four popes at the time. gregory resigned to bring about unity in the church. >> basically the way it works is, the cardinals, you know, campaign for their friends. >> a noted scholar. he says
pope will be. pope benedict xvi made the surprise announcement this morning. he is going to resign at the end of the month. he no longer has the strength to do the job. this is the first time in some 600 years that a pope has resigned. the archbishop of washington will be part of the group of cardinals that will choose the next pope. he will be looking for continuity. >> there is a basic doctrine that is bedrock for catholic faith. >> pope benedict says once he leaves the vatican, he'll be moving to a monestary. >>> unlike the social issues that dominated his inaugural address, president obama is expected to concentrate on a familiar issue. tara has that from capitol hill. >> when president obama stands before congress tuesday night to deliver his state of the union address, he'll be focused on the economy. >> you will hear in the president's state of the union, an outline for his plan to create jobs and grow the middle class. >> the president highlighted climate change, immigration reform, and gun control. but with unemployment still hovering around 8%, democrats want to he
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